After over two years of restoration, the most majestic room in all of nyc will finally reopen its doors again tomorrow. Walking into the #NYPLreadingroom is an experience like no other, so imagine my delight when the @nypl invited us to check out the space in all its glory this morning! The only thing that made my time there better was catching up with the one & only @jeffreydgerson — so of course I had to grab this portrait of him. Make sure to visit the Rose Reading room if you get a chance, you won’t regret it. Check my story for some more of my images from there!
You can once again tap on your laptop (or, you know, read a book) in the New York Public Library’s beautiful Rose Reading Room — without having to fear that a piece of plaster will fall on your head.
The famous room, located in the 42nd Street location, has been closed since 2014, when a rosette fell from ceiling and crashed onto the floor. Originally, the room was only meant to be closed for two weeks, but that turned into two years. After $12 million worth of renovations to the ceiling, lighting fixtures and the mural in the Blass Room, the library officially re-opened the room to the public this morning.
A select group of Instagram influencers were allowed into the room yesterday for a sneak peek. Take a look at their pictures below and let us know if you think the restorations were successful. Is the room as beautiful as it used to be? Or even possibly more so?
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when i used to work in times square, i would come and sit in the rose reading room to prove to myself that quiet still existed in this world. when it closed for renovations 2 years ago, i knew i would miss this oasis in the middle of manhattan. this morning we were given a special preview of the space in advance of the public grand reopening tomorrow. it was as still and quiet as it has ever been and even more beautiful. thanks to @nypl for the tour and the stories and the hospitality. i really missed this place. #nyplreadingroom
“Our commitment to this room is a commitment for the ages. To say all should come learn, read, be together, create. Democracy may not always make sense; inclusion, opportunity and learning may not follow some narrow rational calculus. But they are the basis of the human spirit. This room celebrates, commemorates and welcomes that spirit.” #nyplreadingroom open for business! 😀❤️📚
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In libraries, you learn to listen along the edges of silence—and then you learn there is no such thing, even in an empty room. I was very fortunate today to visit the New York Public Library’s Rose Main Reading Room, during a rare moment of calm. I’ll have a story to share tomorrow, as the room opens to the public for the first time in more than two years—and the silence I listened for today becomes something else entire. — #nyplreadingroom #nypl #bibliophile #adventurebeginshere — thank you, @nypl